Recap: November 2023 issue of Automatic Merchandiser

Nov. 16, 2023
In Automatic Merchandiser’s November issue, you'll find a range of technology solutions as well as this month's operation profile and an announcement of our 2023 Pros to Know award winners.

In the November issue of Automatic Merchandiser, we are honored to present the 10th annual Pros to Know Awards, which celebrate the achievements of leaders in the vending, micro market and office coffee service industry. The 2023 individual and team winners have persevered through today’s challenging business environment to elevate workplace refreshments and embrace new technology.

This issue also spotlights companies that are leading the industry in technological solutions for vending and micro market operators. Read an overview of hardware and software options for cashless payment systems.

In addition, we’ve highlighted several advanced technology companies providing artificial intelligence solutions. These innovations are only scratching the surface of how AI will continue to advance the convenience services industry.

In November’s operation profile, Kansas City-based Quality Vending shares how the family-owned and -operated business contributes its success to hard work, innovation and commitment to its customers. “We laugh when we think back at our beginnings,” said company president Carl Miceli. “We had a couple of shelves of product wedged next to Mom’s washer and dryer in a two-car garage. But it has been a family affair ever since.”

This issue also covers three top consumer beverage trends – functional beverages, dairy alternatives and mocktails in micro markets – to consider offering customers these beverage options that go beyond hydration.

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank everyone in advance for entering a product or nominating a colleague for our awards programs. The nomination period for Automatic Merchandiser’s 2024 Legends of the Year Awards as well as Automatic Merchandiser’s 2024 Readers’ Choice New Products of the Year will both close in early January. The Legends of the Year winners will be recognized in our February/March 2024 issue.

Once all entries are received for our Readers’ Choice New Products of the Year Awards, which recognize products and equipment for vending, micro market and office coffee service that were introduced in 2023, we will announce voting details in January at Operators will have a chance to cast a vote for their favorite products, and the winners will be featured in our April 2024 issue.

Lastly, if you would like to submit an article for publication consideration, we welcome articles from vending, micro market and office coffee service subject-matter experts. It can be an operator success story or a case study you’d like to share with our readers. For editorial guidelines, go to

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

About the Author

Molly Rogers | Editor-in-Chief

Molly Rogers was the editor-in-chief of Automatic Merchandiser and, bringing 20 years of experience in custom publishing, B2B and B2C magazines, as well as advertising and marketing. She is dedicated to serving readers by covering the latest news in the vending, office coffee service and micro market industry and helping companies connect to their audiences through strong editorial solutions. Molly is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and she can be reached at [email protected] or (205) 409-0843.